Brittons Hill residents cautious about crime
Roxanne Jones showing where the two armed and masked men emerged from behind a parked car.
Many people in Brittons Hill, St Michael, have turned a part of their homes into outdoor eateries.
However, recent gunpoint robberies have affected the area, causing at least one person to abandon their business venture. This week Street Beat spoke to a few entrepreneurs in Brittons Hill about the Christmas season and the recent incidents of crime.
For Roxanne Jones in Scott’s Gap, a brush with armed gunmen was more than enough for her to call it quits. She said she had been robbed at gunpoint a mere couple of weeks before armed men had also robbed David Benn at nearby Brittons Cross Road and since then, she had been wary.
“I used to sell food out here on weekends. On the night of December 2 or 3 we were liming with friends we hadn’t seen in a long time when we see two men wearing masks coming from across the road,” she said.
Jones said what happened next was a blur but when it was over, the armed men had made off with their mobiles and cash.
“I scream out and end up on the ground, I don’t know how. They had guns and took everybody money and cellphones. Since then, I haven’t opened my side door to sell anything and I don’t think I ever will again,” she said.
Jones said she was accustomed to having a merry Christmas but not this time as she was too paranoid.
“It was definitely a different Christmas for me. I wasn’t working as usual and I’m still on edge all now. I don’t want to experience that again but I’m glad they got caught, I can at least feel better about that,” she said.
It was also a bitter sweet Christmas at Tele’s Variety and Bar on Layne’s Road although because of a different crime, one which claimed the life of a loved one.
“We sell drinks and food, usually on weekends. The Friday before Christmas was so-so, very quiet unlike a regular Friday and Christmas and Boxing Day was a day for the family to get together as we had lost a son [to gun crime],” said owner Ovin “Steve” Telemaque.
He said this season was slow for small business people, having heard from friends with shops who told him many times that it was just them in the store. He said many people tended to eat out when they went shopping and came home full, so they didn’t frequent the village food spots.
As for crime, Telemaque said he